LOS ANGELES, CA (July 2, 2012) – KMC Wheels rider Ronnie Renner scored his third gold medal with a record-setting 47-foot Step Up jump at X Games 2012 in Los Angeles. His performance was the highlight of the four-day event for a number of athletes representing the brand there this year.
Renner made his 12th appearance at X Games this summer. Known known for his flair for showmanship, the popular rider went to X Games having already earned five medals in motocross disciplines, including a pair of Step Up gold. An impressive performance in the Step Up contest – where he battled rivals including Matt Buyten and Brian Deegan – earned him his third gold medal.
X Games veteran Travis Pastrana and first-timer Bryce Menzies battled bad luck on Sunday in their virtually identical 600 horsepower Dodge Darts to finish outside the Top 10 in the X Games Rallycross contest.
Pastrana had been favored for a top finish, since he is one of the only drivers to have competed in rally car racing at X Games in all six previous years and drives a car that is class of the field. He is also an action sports icon, having dominated many of the motocross disciplines including his groundbreaking double-backflip in the 2006 Best Trick competition. He has a total of 17 X Games medals, four -- including two Gold – from Rally Car Racing competition.
But Pastrana’s race ended early after UK driver Andy Scott slammed him into the first corner and he was unable to continue.
Menzies, a talented off-road racer who made his debut appearance at X Games as a teammate to Pastrana, put on a good performance but did not qualify for the final race. Onlookers have called the 16-car field that took part in the X Games rallycross contest on Sunday the most competitive ever assembled.
KMC rider Robbie Maddison was also hoping for a better result from X Games. He crashed hard in Speed and Style practice and suffered a collapsed lug and laceration on his right leg. He was unable to compete in his race but his condition is improving and KMC wishes him a speedy recovery.
2012 marks Maddison’s fifth trip to the landmark action sports contest in Los Angeles. The Australian has previously competed in Freestyle, Step-Up, Best Whip, and Rallycross, with a career-best result of silver in the 2010 Best Trick competition. Maddison is perhaps best known for his mega-jump stunts, including a 378-foot, nine-inch leap to ring in the 2012 New Year in San Diego for Red Bull New Year. No Limits.
The X Games format brings the best competitors in the world under one roof for a four-day annual celebration of action sport. It is televised on the ESPN family of channels.
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